It’s acid test time for McPherson High’s boys.
The Bullpups travel Thursday to Andale to play in easily the most hostile, jam-packed environment they will encounter all year, not to mention one of the very best teams on their schedule.
Game time is approximately 7:45 p.m., or 20 minutes after the finish of what should be a very good girls’ game as well.
KBBE 96.7 FM coverage begins at 5:45 p.m.
MHS’ boys and Andale both enter the showdown with just one loss and the Bullpups will have to handle what should be a raucous crowd. The Bullpups are ranked No. 2 in Class 4A Division I and Andale is No. 2 in Class 4A Division II.
“Huge,” MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said of the matchup. “They’re good. They’re real good. Really, they’re the only guys we’ll play that have a point guard (Hunter Knoblauch) that can match up athletically (with MHS’ Kyler Kinnamon). From a strength standpoint, he’s an extremely strong kid.”
Jeff Ast, a 6-5 post player, also could cause some problems.
“He’s a horse,” Kinnamon said. “He’s only a sophomore. They just have a bunch of big, strong-looking kids, which is what you would expect from a football team as good as them.”
Kinnamon limited the minutes of twins Ryan and Peter Horton in Tuesday’s rout of Winfield, as neither played even half the game. Ryan has been ailing with sickness and Peter continues to be plagued by a bad back as both have struggled to stay healthy, yet always are able to answer the bell.
In the girls’ game, it’s a rematch of the semifinals of the Mid America Classic when the Bullpups pulled away in the final 3 minutes for a 45-34 victory that was much closer than the score indicates.
Andale is led by Brittany Meyer, the pepperpot point guard with unlimited range and plenty of court moxy. She was named to the Mid America Classic team and has a heart and competitive spirit as big as Montana.
MHS enters the game 10-5 overall and tied with Buhler for the top sub-state ranking. The teams meet next week in Buhler, on a Friday night that should draw a massive crowd.
“That’s going to be a real tough road trip for us,” Strathman said of Andale, adding that adjusting to their crowd and trying to keep Meyer and Lauren Rowland in check will be a key.
MHS then is home Friday for “Think Pink Night” against last-place El Dorado. All MHS fans are urged to wear pink to the game. It also is homecoming